If one's "personna" is that of a drover or rancher, or outlaw on the "Hoot Owl Trail." or if you anyhow don't want to look like you just been to the store and bought all new duds, this finish might be just the thing you been looking for...

No,  this isn't "old" leather.  Neither has it been worn down up the cattle trail to Kansas a time or two, but it has been made to look like it might have been worn every day for a few years on the trail... something like what you might have seen in Lonesome Dove.  Gus would not have worn something that looked like it just came from the “drug store,” so why would we?   What actually happened was I got in a side of leather that had numerous cosmetic scratches on parts of it,  that appear to have happened before or during the tanning process.  About the same time I received a side of leather I intended to make chaps of, that also looked antique.  That gave me the idea that these could be made into some really nice gunleather that had the appearance of  something a drover of the period might have actually worn more than a time or two.  The example pictured here is the result.  The moneybelt  and holsters look really good, without looking like something that just came from the store.

Shiney?   No!!  Now while Wyat Earp, Bat Masterson, Doc Holiday,  and other lawmen, bankers, and gamblers of the era might have sometimes dressed in everything shiny and polished, most folks just came off the trail and looked dusty and well used.  So if you prefer to wear a well worn hat (or one made to look well worn) and scuffed boots, and want to look the part of a real "working man" westerner in the 19th Century, you might  also prefer some good gunleather that matches your persona.  If so, this finish is made with you in mind.

Any holsters or belt I build can be finished this way.  (AT NO EXTRA CHARGE) And it does not have to be scratched at the tannery, or scratched up at all - up to you.  I can still make it look like it's something other than brand new, by building it, oiling it,  and hand rubbing it to make it look like it's been worn a while on the trail (even when fancy tooled - as most of the real antiques were tooled rather heavily).  

Couple your holsters with a moneybelt made of  leather to compliment, and you're really in character.  The truth is, the vast majority of gunbelts of the period were moneybelts... so if "period correct" is important to you, consider this combination.

Copper rivets:  You will notice in this example, the money belt is made with copper rivets rather than with shiny brass or nickel .   In the 19th Century many leather products were made this way.  Even today, heavy leather can be bound better with copper rivets than with any other process, so they are used a lot where a great deal of stress is expected, such as in putting saddles together.  However, unless requested, brass removable hardware will be used instead of copper rivets.  (Copper rivets cannot be removed to replace with a different buckle.)

Brass Buckle:  Nickel is certainly period correct as well, but brass is beautiful.  And, you can remove the varnish from the solid brass if you like and it will tarnish and look well used in no time.







The rig shown was made for my 1860 Army conversions.  The holsters here are "Pecos" holsters.  I chose "tobacco" as the color that most closely matched this particular moneybelt leather.  A tan, and black leather is also available in the same tanage to make a moneybelt from, as well as a very dark brown.  In any case, the   holsters can be dyed and oiled to closely match the money belt, or show an attractive contrast to to the moneybelt. 

A ranger belt or tapered belt can also be made and finished the same as the holsters, which will give them the appearance of "used, but not worn."  It doesn't matter how much tooling is done on the leather.  I can finish and rub the leather in such a way as to give the desired effect.

At present, here is no extra cost involved in making your rig look like it's "been up the rrail."

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Always measure the circumference of exactly where you plan to wear a gunbelt... over the kind of clothes you will be wearing with the rig.  Please click here to see the explanation near the bottom on the index page



e-mail: Don Barnett

Phone: 281-659-3998 

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